NAHC Applauds Passage of H.R. 30, Legislation that Defines Full-Time as 40 Hours Under the ACA
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington, DC (January 9, 2015)Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) applauded leaders in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will change the Affordable Care Acts (ACA) definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement.
We urge the members of the Senate to immediately follow suit and pass the companion bill, S. 30, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AR), said Halamandaris. The home care and hospice community has no better friend than Senator Collins, and her reintroduction of this bill further solidifies her reputation as a fighter for the infirm, disabled and elderly, not just in Maine but across the country.
Home care workers, without relief, would have had to restrict employees to no more than 29 hours per week to ensure their workers are considered part time under the ACA. A survey that NAHC concluded in December 2014 shows that the employer mandate would weaken patients access to care, reduce wages and working hours of home care staff, and require home care companies to restructure their operations to rely on part-time caregivers.
NAHC praised the work of House of Representatives sponsors Todd Young (R-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Tim Walberg (R-MI) for their foresight and leadership, said Halamandaris.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.